THIS is "Who is Robert Ludlum?"
1. 500 million books in print
2. in 40 countries worldwide
3. In 33 different languages.
4. 25 novels
5. 7 books made into block buster movies
6. 3 books into tv mini-series.
7. Posthumously 7 more books accredited to him from his estate.
8. 10 other books written by others by association.
Pretty impressive resume for 1 man huh? Do you think for one minute that Robert Ludlum well known author, novelist, speaker, mentor, family man knew that his impact on the literary world would have left such an incredible resume. This prolific writer in his humble way as evidenced by many would just shrug his shoulders, say thanks a lot, retreat into a quiet corner and start putting down some new ideas in his journal for a new book.
Little did he know that his own created characters like, John Tanner, Jason Bourne, Peter Chancellor, Noel Holcroft, would find their way to dramatic life played by such great actors as Rutger Hauer, Matt Damon, Leonardo Dicaprio, Micheal Caine, and as we speak a movie with Denzel Washington as lead actor Brandon Scofield in The Matarese Circle. A movie based on a book by Robert Ludlum, his 1997 psycho thriller The Matarese Countdown where triple espionage takes on a whole new meaning. That movie is being made for release in 2013. Dicaprio's will be released next year. TWO blockbusters yet from this amazingly multi-talented gentleman to come.
From his auspacious beginning in 1971 writing The Scarletti Inheritance it was evident a special man, who did hour upon hour of research, always wanting to be sure he wrote from hypothetical truth and as much as possible was accurate to a fault. The book would get your creative juices flowing, and by the climax of the book it always left the reader wanting more.
The First Book
After that first book of Ludlums personally I was hooked waiting for the next one, the following year. This one The Osterman Weekend was about a family and invited close friends who survive scrutiny from a CIA operative, who even though he's not in their house (played by John Hurt in the movie of the same name) is so believable and cruel, that after the movie, I wanted to shoot him myself. The movie also stars Dennis Hopper, Craig T. Nelson, Meg Foster, Helen Shaver, well known Holywood accolytes. Directed by Sam Peckinpah who loved scaring the brown stuff out of us with classics like Straw Dogs and Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, While I think of it Ron Howard himself is in the process of directing a Ludlum based movie called The Parsifal Mosaic from his self named1982 book. This will or is (not sure here) out ready to be released, a movie about a CIA agent who believes he has witnessed his lady lover who double crosses him murdered, but he can't prove it one way or the other. The book was excellent, I can only pray the movie does it justice.
Robert Ludlum also wrote books under two aliases for reasons unknown. He called his 4th. book Trevayne and his 5th.The Cry of the Halidon but penned them under Jonathan Ryder. In 1974 after his 6th book The Rhineman Exchange which came out as the work of Robert Ludlum, he published his 7th. book The Road to Gandolpho as Michael Shepherd. From then on thru to his death by heart attack in 2001 he kept us on his toes with another 20+ books. I personally have read a lot of them, but some are so good, they are the kind of book you read every 5 years about to see if the ending is changed or for fear you missed something crucial the first time. But in all honesty, book, movie, tv, this author never disappoints and because I really believe in the afterlife he is one of the first people I intend to meet beyond this earth. There is so much that can be said about him but I think he captured his own essence in Road to Omaha (1992) for that is by far his best literary work. Don't take my word go read it for yourself, then you will know who Robert Ludlum is for yourself. And oh yeah if someone asks you who Ludlum is show them my hub.
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